- Never use he thought, she thought, he felt, she felt, he knew, she knew, she had, he had, wondered, realised, decided, wished, speculated. These phases are death to a novel.
- It also states never underestimate the power of if and if only.
- When a statement will not do pose a question.
- It went on about ing words being shallow, that they shouldn't be used.
After some thought I went into my current wip and checked out these words. Urgh!!! Then I proceeded to change what I had and three chapters in I found these changes jolted my work. My voice was wiped out and the natural flow had disappeared. Luckily I kept another copy of the manuscript before I undertook any changes.I believe all words can be used if done correctly. If we followed 'how to books' and undertook their suggestions we are left with nothing but an unreadable story. There are times when those words can be used. I guess the rules really do apply, 'learn the rules but break them only if you know why you are doing it.'
After all this I went back and checked out what other work the author had published, considering I read on the site multi published and top seller this and excellent reads. I was surprised when I read her sales ranking on Amazon and other places were low, very low.I then checked out a about five novels that I know have sold well. Books by best selling authors and stories that people have raved on about. These words, she had, he had, were used constantly in the books, as were, wondered, realised, etc. I did a search and highlight and in yellow it picked up four or more on a single page, sometimes six incidents.
I learned a lesson over the weekend. Trust my instinct, trust my heart, and be cautious of what people tell me about my writing, but at the same time be critical of my work. Oh, and it has taught me not to rush off and buy 'how to' books if I don't know anything about the author. lol.. I will stick to the recommendations people I trust and know give me.
Have a great week, and don't forget, smile. :)